In a day of confusion, it is good to hear a clear bell sounding with certainty about biblical patterns for leadership in the local church. This book faces current issues head on and responds with Scripture rather than mere tradition. There are two parallel issues here which are not confused, the autonomy of the local church and final authority for governance residing in the congregation as it prayerfully convenes to conduct its own business. Jeff Brown thoughtfully brings us through the basic terms and principles to sound conclusions which will strengthen independent churches around the world. Dr. Bill Smallman, 1st Vice-President, Baptist Mid-Missions Jeff Brown has written a very fine companion on its function by building a solid case for his work, not by simply comparing various systems and traditions, but by going directly to the inspired text. I heartily commend it to all who are interested in learning more about God's intention for the governing process of the church. Earl D. Radmacher, M.A., Th.M, Th.D President and Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus Western Conservative Baptist Seminary Portland, Oregon In a day when churches are forsaking biblical distinctives, this book provides a clear call back to the New Testament church polity and practice. The material in this book will provide encouragement to those who desire a biblical model for their local church, and pause for those who are looking for guidance beyond the Text to current culture. In Short, Jeff Brown's book is a must read. Daniel K. Davey, Th.D. Pastor, Colonial Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Jeff Brown created the beloved character of Flat Stanley as a bedtime story for his sons. He has written other outrageous books about the Lambchop family, including Flat Stanley, Stanley and the Magic Lamp, Invisible Stanley, Stanley's Christmas Adventure, Stanley in Space, and Stanley, Flat Again! You can learn more about Jeff Brown and Flat Stanley at www.flatstanleybooks.com.